Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Isak Dinesen's Seven Gothic Tales

Dinesen is, as Powells blogger Joanna Scott says, on the wane these days. Yet at one time, she was an international star. An interesting piece.

JS: Seven Gothic Tales established Dinesen as a literary giant, a reputation that would be sustained throughout her life. Eudora Welty said Dinesen's fiction embodies "the last outreach of magic." Carson McCullers reported that she would reread Dinesen's memoir Out of Africa for comfort. When he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1954, Ernest Hemingway said with uncharacteristic humility that it might have gone to "that beautiful writer Karen Blixen." More...

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